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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29664277/nerve-agents-what-they-are-how-they-work-how-to-counter-them
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Stefano Costanzi, John-Hanson Machado, Moriah Mitchell
Nerve agents are organophosphorus chemical warfare agents that exert their action through the irreversible inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, with a consequent overstimulation of cholinergic transmission followed by its shutdown. Beyond warfare, they have notoriously been employed in acts of terrorism as well as high profile assassinations. After a brief historical introduction on the development and deployment of nerve agents, this review provides a survey of their chemistry, the way they affect cholinergic transmission, the available treatment options, and the current directions for their improvement...
April 17, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648477/acute-intensive-care-unit-management-of-mustard-gas-victims-the-turkish-experience
#2
Ertugrul Kilic, Mesut Ortatatli, Sermet Sezigen, Rusen Koray Eyison, Levent Kenar
Sulfur mustard (SM) is an highly toxic and vesicant chemical weapon that was used in various military conflicts several times in the history. The severity of ocular, dermal, and pulmonary symptoms that may appear following a characteristic asymptomatic period are depending on the SM concentration and exposure duration. The aim of this study is to present the clinical features and share the intensive care unit (ICU) experiences for the medical management of mustard gas victims. Thirteen Free Syrian Army soldiers near Al-Bab region of North Syria were reportedly exposed to oily blackish smoke with garlic smell due to the explosion of a trapped bomb without causing any blast or thermal effect on 26th November 2016...
April 12, 2018: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29572262/doctors-can-take-blood-from-skripals-for-chemical-weapons-testing-rules-judge
#3
Clare Dyer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29547971/potential-targets-for-next-generation-anti-microbial-glycoconjugate-vaccines
#4
Francesca Micoli, Paolo Costantino, Roberto Adamo
Cell surface carbohydrates have been proven optimal targets for vaccine development. Conjugation of polysaccharides to a carrier protein triggers a T-cell dependent immune response to the glycan moiety. Licensed glycoconjugate vaccines are produced by chemical conjugation of capsular polysaccharides to prevent meningitis caused by meningococcus, pneumococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type b. However, other classes of carbohydrates (O-antigens, exopolysaccharides, wall/teichoic acids) represent attractive targets for developing vaccines...
March 14, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533075/analysis-of-the-precursors-simulants-and-degradation-products-of-chemical-warfare-agents
#5
Zygfryd Witkiewicz, Slawomir Neffe, Ewa Sliwka, Javier Quagliano
Recent advances in analysis of precursors, simulants and degradation products of chemical warfare agents (CWA) are reviewed. Fast and reliable analysis of precursors, simulants and CWA degradation products is extremely important at a time, when more and more terrorist groups and radical non-state organizations use or plan to use chemical weapons to achieve their own psychological, political and military goals. The review covers the open source literature analysis after the time, when the chemical weapons convention had come into force (1997)...
March 13, 2018: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29481528/the-past-informs-the-future-an-overview-of-the-million-worker-study-and-the-mallinckrodt-chemical-works-cohort
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John D Boice, Elizabeth D Ellis, Ashley P Golden, David J Girardi, Sarah S Cohen, Heidi Chen, Michael T Mumma, Roy E Shore, Richard W Leggett
The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of ongoing work on the Million Worker Study (MWS), highlighting some of the key methods and progress so far as exemplified by the study of workers at the Mallinckrodt Chemical Works (MCW). The MWS began nearly 25 y ago and continues in a stepwise fashion, evaluating one study cohort at a time. It includes workers from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Manhattan Project facilities, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulated nuclear power plants, industrial radiographers, U...
April 2018: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29479374/responding-to-chemical-weapons-violations-in-syria-legal-health-and-humanitarian-recommendations
#7
REVIEW
Julia Brooks, Timothy B Erickson, Stephanie Kayden, Raul Ruiz, Stephen Wilkinson, Frederick M Burkle
Background: The repeated use of prohibited chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict poses serious health, humanitarian, and security threats to civilians, healthcare personnel, and first responders. Moreover, the use of chemical weapons constitutes a clear and egregious violation of international law-likely amounting to a war crime-for which continued impunity is setting a dangerous precedent in relation to current and future conflicts. This debate article calls upon concerned states, organizations, and individuals to respond urgently and unequivocally to this serious breach of international legal and humanitarian norms...
2018: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433753/a-glutathione-responsive-sulfur-dioxide-polymer-prodrug-as-a-nanocarrier-for-combating-drug-resistance-in-cancer-chemotherapy
#8
Wei Shen, Wanguo Liu, Huailin Yang, Peng Zhang, Chunsheng Xiao, Xuesi Chen
Multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer remains a significant challenge for curing cancer by chemotherapy. In this work, a kind of glutathione (GSH)-responsive polymer prodrug of SO2 was designed and synthesized, which presented synergistic effect with doxorubicin (DOX) for combating MCF-7 ADR human breast cancer cell. Firstly, a small molecular prodrug of SO2, N-(3-azidopropyl)-2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonamide (AP-DNs), was chemically conjugated onto the side chain of methoxy poly (ethylene glycol)-block-poly (γ-propargyl-l-glutamate) (mPEG-PPLG) block copolymer to generate an amphiphilic polymer prodrug of SO2, mPEG-PLG (DNs)...
February 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426144/influence-of-environmental-changes-on-the-biogeochemistry-of-arsenic-in-a-soil-polluted-by-the-destruction-of-chemical-weapons-a-mesocosm-study
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Hugues Thouin, Fabienne Battaglia-Brunet, Marie-Paule Norini, Lydie Le Forestier, Mickael Charron, Sébastien Dupraz, Pascale Gautret
Thermal destruction of chemical munitions from World War I led to the formation of a heavily contaminated residue that contains an unexpected mineral association in which a microbial As transformation has been observed. A mesocosm study was conducted to assess the impact of water saturation episodes and input of bioavailable organic matter (OM) on pollutant behavior in relation to biogeochemical parameters. Over a period of about eight (8) months, the contaminated soil was subjected to cycles of dry and wet periods corresponding to water table level variations...
January 29, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409903/cholinesterases-and-the-fine-line-between-poison-and-remedy
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REVIEW
Carey N Pope, Stephen Brimijoin
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE, EC 3.1.1.7) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE, EC 3.1.1.8) are related enzymes found across the animal kingdom. The critical role of acetylcholinesterase in neurotransmission has been known for almost a century, but a physiological role for butyrylcholinesterase is just now emerging. The cholinesterases have been deliberately targeted for both therapy and toxicity, with cholinesterase inhibitors being used in the clinic for a variety of disorders and conversely for their toxic potential as pesticides and chemical weapons...
January 30, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409565/the-management-of-the-khan-al-assal-chemical-attack-in-aleppo-university-hospital-auh
#11
M Ihsan Kaadan, Hilarie Cranmer
On March 19, 2013, Khan al-Assal was attacked with chemical weapons. In total, 20 people were killed and an additional 124 were injured; 63 people were cared for at Aleppo University Hospital on that day, where 14 died, all of them were civilians; 7 men, 6 women, and 1 child. This is a brief first hand report, for what has now become a more frequent, more deadly and horrific event in the lives of many Syrians. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;page 1 of 3).
February 7, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367863/fatal-sarin-poisoning-in-syria-2013-forensic-verification-within-an-international-laboratory-network
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Harald John, Marcel J van der Schans, Marianne Koller, Helma E T Spruit, Franz Worek, Horst Thiermann, Daan Noort
During the United Nations fact-finding mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical warfare agents in the Syrian Arab Republic in 2013, numerous tissues from a deceased female victim, who had displayed symptoms of cholinergic crisis, were collected. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) authorized two specialized laboratories in the Netherlands and Germany for forensic analysis of these samples. Diverse modern mass spectrometry (MS)-based procedures in combination with either liquid chromatography (LC) or gas chromatography (GC) separation were applied...
2018: Forensic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361668/cutaneous-exposure-to-lewisite-causes-acute-kidney-injury-by-invoking-dna-damage-and-autophagic-response
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Ritesh Srivastava, Amie M Traylor, Changzhao Li, Wenguang Feng, Lingling Guo, Veena B Antony, Trenton R Schoeb, Anupam Agarwal, Mohammad Athar
Lewisite (2-chlorovinyldichloroarsine) is an organic and arsenical chemical warfare agent which was developed and weaponized during World Wars I/II. Stockpiles of lewisite still exist in many parts of the world and pose potential environmental and human health threat. Exposure to lewisite and similar chemicals causes intense cutaneous inflammatory response. However, morbidity and mortality in the exposed population is not only due to cutaneous damage but is also a result of systemic injury. Here, we provide data delineating the pathogenesis of acute kidney injury (AKI) following cutaneous exposure to lewisite and its analogue phenylarsine oxide (PAO) in a murine model...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359226/chemical-language-and-warfare-of-bacterial-natural-products-in-bacteria-nematode-insect-interactions
#14
REVIEW
Yi-Ming Shi, Helge B Bode
Covering: up to November 2017Organismic interaction is one of the fundamental principles for survival in any ecosystem. Today, numerous examples show the interaction between microorganisms like bacteria and higher eukaryotes that can be anything between mutualistic to parasitic/pathogenic symbioses. There is also increasing evidence that microorganisms are used by higher eukaryotes not only for the supply of essential factors like vitamins but also as biological weapons to protect themselves or to kill other organisms...
January 23, 2018: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283961/injuries-associated-with-police-use-of-force
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William P Bozeman, Jason P Stopyra, David A Klinger, Brian P Martin, Derrel D Graham, James C Johnson, Katherine Mahoney-Tesoriero, Sydney J Vail
BACKGROUND: Use of force [UOF] by police can result in serious injuries and fatalities. The risk of significant injuries associated with different force modalities is poorly defined. We sought to determine the incidence of police UOF and compare the likelihood of significant injury with different force modalities. METHODS: A prospective multicenter observational study of all UOF incidents was conducted via mandatory UOF investigations at three mid-sized police agencies over a two year period...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209145/altered-neuroendocrine-immune-responses-a-two-sword-weapon-against-traumatic-inflammation
#16
REVIEW
Ce Yang, Jie Gao, Juan Du, Xuetao Yang, Jianxin Jiang
During the occurrence and development of injury (trauma, hemorrhagic shock, ischemia and hypoxia), the neuroendocrine and immune system act as a prominent navigation leader and possess an inter-system crosstalk between the reciprocal information dissemination. The fundamental reason that neuroendocrinology and immunology could mix each other and permeate toward the field of traumatology is owing to their same biological languages or chemical information molecules (hormones, neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, cytokines and their corresponding receptors) shared by the neuroendocrine and immune systems...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197625/chemical-warfare-agents-classes-and-targets
#17
Michael Schwenk
Synthetic toxic chemicals (toxicants) and biological poisons (toxins) have been developed as chemical warfare agents in the last century. At the time of their initial consideration as chemical weapon, only restricted knowledge existed about their mechanisms of action. There exist two different types of acute toxic action: nonspecific cytotoxic mechanisms with multiple chemo-biological interactions versus specific mechanisms that tend to have just a single or a few target biomolecules. TRPV1- and TRPA-receptors are often involved as chemosensors that induce neurogenic inflammation...
November 29, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183814/sulfur-mustard-resistant-keratinocytes-obtained-elevated-glutathione-levels-and-other-changes-in-the-antioxidative-defense-mechanism
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Simone Rothmiller, Sarah Schröder, Romano Strobelt, Markus Wolf, Jin Wang, Xiqian Jiang, Franz Worek, Dirk Steinritz, Horst Thiermann, Annette Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Sulfur mustard (SM) is a potent blistering chemical warfare agent, which was first used in 1917. Despite the Chemical Weapons Convention, a use was recently reported in Syria in 2015. This emphasizes the importance to develop countermeasures against chemical warfare agents. Despite intensive research, there is still no antidote or prophylaxis available against SM. METHODS: The newly developed SM-resistant keratinocyte cell line HaCaT/SM was used to identify new target structures for drug development, particularly the adaptations in protective measures against oxidative stress...
November 26, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177587/intranasal-therapy-to-stop-status-epilepticus-in-prehospital-settings
#19
REVIEW
John Benfield, Alberto Musto
Status epilepticus (SE) is a medical emergency characterized by uncontrolled, prolonged seizures with rapid and widespread neuronal damage. Patients that suffer from longer episodes of SE are more likely to have poorer clinical outcomes and a higher cost of healthcare. Understanding novel molecular mechanisms that regulate inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission that initiate SE and the necessary medical infrastructure to stop SE could help identify targets for early intervention. Intranasal administration of benzodiazepines may shorten the time between initiation and cessation of seizures when compared to other routes of administration...
March 2018: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141200/phosgene-oxime-injury-and-associated-mechanisms-compared-to-vesicating-agents-sulfur-mustard-and-lewisite
#20
Dinesh Giri Goswami, Rajesh Agarwal, Neera Tewari-Singh
Phosgene Oxime (CX, Cl2 CNOH), a halogenated oxime, is a potent chemical weapon that causes immediate acute injury and systemic effects. CX, grouped together with vesicating agents, is an urticant or nettle agent with highly volatile, reactive, corrosive, and irritating vapor, and has considerably different chemical properties and toxicity compared to other vesicants. CX is absorbed quickly through clothing with faster cutaneous penetration compared to other vesicating agents causing instantaneous and severe damage...
November 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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